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just one gift guide

gift guide 2014
This is my one and only gift guide for the year and really, not much of a gift guide. More like: Things I have asked for and things I may ultimately purchase for myself. I have simple needs.

Josie Maran Argan Balm – Sephora / Madeleine Plaques Pan – Williams Sonoma / Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Amazon / Topshop Earmuffs – Nordstrom / Heattech Knit Pants – Uniqlo / Kate Spade Green Painterly Cheetah AgendaMetallic Shearling Scuffs – J.Crew / Tory Burch Lucia Initial Charm BraceletWonderful Needlepoint Pillow – Furbish

reader redesign: studio sanctuary

reader redesign hague blue studioOccasionally I get emails requesting a decorating consult. I tried e-decorating for a bit before, but then I got a full-time job and stopped taking any clients. So now I’m trying a different tack this time: putting the decorating boards on the blog, so everyone can get some ideas, with the understanding these are not comprehensive decorating plans, just starting points.

So today’s reader redesign involves a Manhattan studio with about 270 square feet of living space. Sounds small, but isn’t that bad for the city. The budget is $6,000.


The only existing thing the reader wanted to keep is her rug. So using that as a starting point, I’d paint the walls Hague Blue for a cozy, unified room.

For the sleeping area, the reader already has a good headboard, so just I’d switch her bedding to something simpler, like Biscuit Home’s chartreuse duvet and shams. To free up space on her nightstands, I’d a install a pair of simple sconces. I’d also look for small chest of drawers on Craigslist to use as nightstands, just to maximize storage. The splurge item is a lovely armoire that’s not only statement-making, but super functional storage.

In the living area, a narrow console in shocking citron works well as an entry table, and can double as a small dining table when entertaining. Tuck a garden stool or two underneath it for extra seating. For the sofa, I chose a velvet that is close to the wall color to minimize its size. Look for a pair of small vintage tables to use in lieu of a coffee table, or bust the budget with this pair.


Total: $6,025

Interested in a redesign? Email me a few photos of your room, your budget, and a brief note about what you’re looking for in a room. Please include “reader redesign” in the subject of your email.